Following Senator Mitchell's opening address, the program on Day One continued with a panel moderated Prof. Eric Green in which he and an extraordinary panel of inside and outside counsel addressed corporate perspectives “Stage Three Mediation” – the transition from dispute resolution as a form of combat to a more generous, thoughtful and productive approach Prof. Green's panel will be followed by the first of two panels providing “News from the Front,” data from recent surveys conducted by Tom Stipanowich of the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at Pepperdine that provide in-depth analyses of attitudes and approaches to a broad range of issues in arbitration and mediation. Breakout sessions on the First Day included: a panel addressing the role of the organizational Ombudsperson an a model for sustainable dispute resolution; a panel addressing critical issues in IP dispute resolution arising out of recent legislation and court decisions; and a panel focused issues of importance to in-house counsel as they seek to tailor arbitration processes to their business needs in a cost-effective manner. Day One closed with a panel discussion of how changing perspectives on key issues in commercial arbitration – issues such as transparency, enforceability, conflicts, and confidentiality – are impacting public policy, law, and arbitration practice.
Day Two of the meeting opened with an address by Lord Peter Goldsmith, the former Attorney General for England and Wales and now London co-managing partner and Chair of European and Asian Litigation at Debevoise. As the UK's Attorney General, Lord Goldsmith acted as chief legal adviser to the government on matters of domestic, European and international law. He represented the government in numerous cases in UK and international courts. Prior to becoming the UK's Attorney General, he was ranked by Chambers UK as being in the top tier of leading silks in London for international arbitration and commercial litigation. He became Queen's Counsel in 1987 at the early age of 37 and has judicial experience as a Crown Court Recorder and a Deputy High Court Judge. Consistently acknowledged for his prominence, American Lawyer states that “[he has] the advocacy skills of one of the finest barristers of his generation.” Lord Goldsmith was made a Life Peer in 1999 and Privy Counsellor in 2001. In 1996, he founded the Bar of England and Wales' Pro Bono Unit, of which he is now President. He has been awarded the Lifetime Award for Extraordinary Contribution to the Development of Pro Bono Culture in Europe at the 2014 PILnet European Pro Bono Forum.
Following Lord Goldsmith's address, Day Two conrtinued with the second panel on News from the Front, this one focused on mediation. Other highlights included a panel the role of each stakeholder in addressing the dismal state of diversity in the legal profession as a whole – called “the palest profession” in a recent issue of the American Lawyer – and the ADR profession in particular; and a panel focused on the real-world advances of Online Dispute Resolution (ODR). Our second day concluded with two CPR perennial favorites. First, CPR's Business Roundtable, during which leading General Counsel from around the world addressed strategic issues they face as they implement a thoughtful approach to dispute resolution. Second, we once again convened a dynamic and interactive ethics panel addressing key issues faced day-to-day in dispute resolution.